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Jewellery Design

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)
    London

  • Date:

    ca. 1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (made)
    Firm of John Brogden

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, ink and watercolour drawing on card

  • Museum number:

    E.2:459-1986

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MD, shelf 15

This design comes from 'The Brogden Album', the album contained 1,593 designs for jewellery and goldsmith's work, mainly in colour and dating between 1848 and 1884. It is a unique record of the years in which John Brogden, an internationally celebrated 'art goldsmith and jeweller worked first in partnership and then as owner-director of his own firm. This was a period of great diversity in fashionable jewellery, and the Brogden firm where noted for their skill in designing and creating a range of styles.

The firm was founded by John Brogden the elder in about 1796. From about 1824 to 1831 it was styled 'Brogden and Garland' and thereafter until 1841 'Garland and Watherston'. The younger Brogden, the son of Thomas Brogden and presumably a relative of the founder, served an apprenticeship to J.W. garland as a goldsmith and jeweller from 1834 to 1841. Following Garland's departure, the remaining partner, J.H. Watherston, removed the firm to new premises at 16 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden and in 1848 joined forces with the younger Brogden.

Physical description

Square card with a pencil, ink and watercolour drawing depicting three designs for rings and for three alternative centrepieces. Each ring has a gold band, with a sapphire at the centre, surrounded by smaller diamonds. The first design shows a large sapphire, inlaid around which are ten smaller diamonds. The second shows four smaller sapphires in the centre - two oval, and one teardrop-shaped - inlaid above and below which are five small diamonds on each side. The third design depicts a slightly twisted gold band, in which the two ends do not meet, but overlap, and hold between them five small sapphires and eight smaller diamonds. The three alternative centrepieces each show a variation of a large diamond within a blue enamel frame.

Place of Origin

London (made)
London

Date

ca. 1860 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (made)
Firm of John Brogden

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, ink and watercolour drawing on card

Dimensions

Height: 6.7 cm, Width: 7.1 cm

Descriptive line

Design for jewellery, by the firm of John Brogden, about 1860

Materials

Pencil; Ink; Watercolour; Card

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Diamond; Ring; Gold; Sapphire

Categories

Designs; Jewellery

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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